I've had craft fairs/shows on my mind lately. I've mentioned before that my husband is returning to school in the fall. I'm really excited for him to get started on his graduate studies, but I'm a little less enthusiastic about the student budget we'll be living on.
We still don't know how much he'll be able to work when school starts, or if he'll be able to work at all. I'll continue supplementing our income, but may have to find additional work also.
I've contemplated expanding my etsy shop, but I don't love running to the post office with the boys, and stressing over filling orders is less than enjoyable. Craft fairs, while filled with work, would eliminate trips to the post office, and deadlines (except for the craft fair dates of course), but are they profitable?
I looked into a local Harvest Festival that is going to be held mid September (pretty soon), there will be craft vendors, but other events as well. I figure that could be good or bad for business. The booth rental is fairly steep ($125), and I want to make sure that I would at least break even. I've also considered local artisan's markets. There are a couple in the area, but dedicating every Saturday (and finding a babysitter every Saturday) would be difficult at this stage. Perhaps next summer when Miles is a bit older.
So...in an effort to make some plans and decisions, I've scoured the web looking for craft fair related resources. Here are a few that I've found:
Mermaids Closet: Craft Show Tips-All You Need To Know
Indie Fixx / Craft Show Checklist: what to bring with you
Breaking into the craft fair circuit
How-To: Price Your Handcrafted Goods
Spunky Junky: Top 10 tips for selling your stuff at local market
Sunny Vanilla: Craft Fair Do's: A Preparation Guide
Carosello: Craft Show Tips and Tricks